Po­lice ar­rest man who cheated sev­eral women

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - NEWS - BY D.G. SUGATHAPALA

A 60-year-old con­fi­dence trick­ster, who had cheated sev­eral woman of mil­lions of ru­pees on the prom­ise of mar­ry­ing them was ar­rested by the Galle Po­lice yes­ter­day.

Po­lice said the sus­pect was a res­i­dent of Piliyan­dala area and a father of two chil­dren and that he was ar­rested when in­ves­ti­gat­ing a com­plaint from a woman, a se­nior of­fi­cer in a gov­ern­ment depart­ment, that he had robbed her of Rs.1.67 mil­lion say­ing he would marry her.

The sus­pect, had re­sponded to a mar­riage pro­posal ap­pear­ing in a web­site and vis­ited her and promised to marry her.

He had told her that he was a grad­u­ate of the Gandhi Univer­sity in India and a holder of diplo­mas in en­gi­neer­ing from uni­ver­si­ties in Eng­land and Switzer­land and that he was now in charge of sev­eral projects at the Ham­ban­tota Port and the Kog­gala In­vest­ment Zone and a share­holder and direc­tor of a re­puted com­pany.

Her par­ents had be­lieved what the sus­pect said and made ar­range­ments for the wed­ding of their only child.

Mean­while, on an­other day dur­ing a sud­den visit, the sus­pect told her that he was in need of money to in­vest in an­other pro­ject and he would share the prof­its with her. The un­sus­pect­ing woman had parted with

her en­tire sav­ings amount­ing to Rs.1.67 mil­lion.

Be­fore long and to her ut­ter dis­may, she re­al­ized that she had been duped by a sea­soned rack­e­teer. All her at­tempts to con­tact him over the phone be­ing un­suc­cess­ful, she com­plained to the po­lice.

Po­lice said their in­ves­ti­ga­tions had re­vealed that he had cheated sev­eral women in this man­ner. They said a war­rant had been is­sued for his ar­rest by the Kandy Mag­is­trate’s Court on a sim­i­lar charge. Po­lice said the sus­pect’s son was aged 25 and his daugh­ter 23.

Po­lice ar­rested him at the Ma­haragama town with the help of a WPC who acted as a de­coy. A se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer said sev­eral women had fallen prey to the con­fi­dence trick­ster, but re­mained silent fear­ing fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment.

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